TV ratings: CBS wins quiet Wednesday, 'Law & Order' shows rise

law-order-svu-snacks.jpgFast National ratings for Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2010

A rerun-heavy night on the broadcast networks Wednesday didn't really change the usual order of things -- which meant that CBS led the night. NBC's "Law & Order" duo, however, did get a bit of a bump airing original episodes against lighter competition.

Thanks mostly to a new "Survivor: Nicaragua," CBS led the night with 8.8 million viewers and a 5.5 rating/9 share in households. NBC (7.1 million, 5.2/8) came in second in primetime, beating out FOX (5.8 million, 3.6/6). ABC's 5.1 million viewers and 3.4/5 were good for fourth. The CW (2.7 million, 1.8/3) got season highs from the "America's Next Top Model" finale but still finished fifth.

CBS also won the adults 18-49 demographic with a 2.5 rating. FOX scored a 2.1 in the demo to take second, edging NBC's 2.0. ABC averaged 1.5 and The CW 1.2.

Wednesday hour by hour:

8 p.m.

CBS:
"Survivor: Nicaragua" (12.2 million viewers, 7.3/11 households)
ABC: "The Middle" rerun (6.5 million, 4.1/7)/"Better With You" rerun (5.3 million, 3.5/6)
FOX: "Human Target" (5.8 million, 3.6/6)
NBC: "Undercovers" (4.8 million, 3.3/5)
The CW: "America's Next Top Model" finale (3.3 million, 2.2/3)

18-49 leader: "Survivor: Nicaragua" (3.6)

9 p.m.

NBC:
"Law & Order: SVU" (9.2 million, 6.1/9)
CBS: "Criminal Minds" rerun (9.1 million, 5.8/9)
FOX: "Hell's Kitchen" (5.8 million, 3.5/5)
ABC: "Modern Family" rerun (7 million, 4.3/7)/"Cougar Town" rerun (4.5 million, 3.0/5)
The CW: "Hellcats" (2 million, 1.3/2)

18-49 leader: "Hell's Kitchen" (2.6)

10 p.m.

NBC:
"Law & Order: Los Angeles" (9.1 million, 6.2/10)
CBS: Special - Grammy nominations concert (5.1 million, 3.3/6)
ABC: "The Whole Truth" (3.3 million, 1.9/3)

18-49 leader: "Law & Order: Los Angeles" (2.2)

Ratings information includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change. Source: The Nielsen Company.

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